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My Letter to Disney: The Revamped Princesses

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Dearest Disney,

For the better part of a year and a half, I have been trying to keep my anger at bay when it comes to your choice to revamp the beloved princesses’ looks. The princesses are a staple to many little, and may I remind you impressionable, girls’ lives. They are an image that girls see almost every day and dream of embodying as they grow up. Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, has always been my favorite. It was—and still is—my dream to have a library just like she has in Beast’s castle. (A girl can dream.)

Much to my dismay, I stumbled upon the new looks of the Disney princesses as I was searching for random Beauty and the Beast memorabilia. (Yes, I was 21 at the time. What’s your point?) That’s when I realized that those beautiful princesses had gone from looking like this:

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To THIS:

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And I ask you, Disney: WHY?

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Why did you feel the need to makeover the princesses? This sends the completely wrong message to young girls—and even to older ones—that who you are and what you look like is not enough. These beloved characters have been revamped to be more appealing and marketable than they supposedly were years before. Yes, like I’m sure you were really hurting in your princess merchandise sales, Disney. Please.

            Let’s take a look at my personal favorite princess, Belle.

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Here she is in all her beauty (because hello, she is the beauty counterpart of the Beast). She is not a typical princess—she has a love of books, is intelligent, and always sees the good in everyone. You, despicable Disney, took Belle from looking like that to looking like this:

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Nothing more than a mail-order bride with a Michael Jackson nose circa-2009. Outrage is all I feel.

And what about probably one of the most popular princesses? Oh, that’s right. I’m talking about our dear Cinderella.

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This girl went through hell to get to her happy ending—two awful stepsisters and an evil stepmother who made her feel as if she didn’t amount to anything more than being a lowly servant. Yet somehow, she was still a cheerful young girl who couldn’t keep from singing. You transformed her into this:

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princess.disney.com

Now she’s nothing but a standard-looking dumb blonde. While I applaud you for updating her headband, because honestly, what were you thinking with that in the first place (and where were her ears?), the rest of her makeover was highly unnecessary. She now looks like the original Cinderella’s promiscuous daughter.

And as if it wasn’t enough to update the princesses’ looks, you had to go and touch Brave’s Merida. She is no ordinary princess. She is a kick-butt girl who would rather fight and be brave than fawn over the prospect of a male. For once, Disney, you created a strong Disney princess that had the fierceness and confidence to be herself. She wasn’t one of your dumb princesses that depended on a prince to save her. (I apologize Aurora and Snow White, but blame Disney for your lack of strength and ability.) And what did you decide to do to our dear Merida? THIS:

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There are no words, but my fists are certainly clenched.

Shame on you, Disney. You can take your refurbished, uninspired princesses and put them in that vault of yours. We want our original princesses back.

Sincerely,

Irked and Irate

Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.